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Quatermass: She’s my “street sleeper”.
This guitar started life as a standard Squier Tele, but I wasn’t keen on the sound. I thought the original body was too light, so I hunted around until I got my hands on an unfinished alder body blank.
When I put it all together, it was better – but still not “right”. Changing the bridge from a top-loader and stringing through the body helped a little. Then I decided to look for some hot pickups.
Hearing the soundclips on the Axetec site, combined with the fantastic price, helped me make up my mind and two nights later she was powered by IronGear Steel Twins.
This is the guitar I dig out when I want to shock my friends. She looks bog-standard – but the sound is out of this world. Definitely more than meets the eye.
The track “Not dead yet” shows what she can do when teamed up with my old Orange bass amp ;-)
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John Burton
I thought I would try and build myself a quality guitar (and) re-built a 25-year-old strat copy as a practise run. The body is the only original part, and has undergone a fair bit of modification (half inch radius rounding, ash infill of tremolo/bridge cavities). The body shape is very slightly
non-standard, so I made the custom scratch plate using sycamore veneer on 2mm MDF. All my hardware was purchased from Axetec.

(The) pickups sound really good (strat-like), and they
are extremely responsive to different playing styles. I made many mistakes during my build, but my choice of IronGear pickups was one of my best decisions. I hope the experience will serve me well when I get to the pointy super strat.
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Added: 3/06/09
This is my latest build. I wanted to do something a bit different from a standard Tele. I bought a set of BareKnuckle "The Boss" pickups and whilst the bridge pickup was great, the neck pickup didn't compare. So, I tried an IronGear Jailhouse Rails that I had left over from an earlier build, and what a difference that makes! Real power now in both positions. Amazing really - a £30 pickup sounding as good as one costing 3x as much! Thanks IronGear.
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Glyn Tebbutt
This is my third rebuild. This guitar was originally from a pre-loved shop when I was on holiday. It's an old Westfield and a bit shappy, the body and neck are mahogany in a green stain finish.
Pickups are 2 Hotslags with a single tone, volume and a 3-way selector switch. The guitar is very light and screams. Even with a little gain the tone is amazing and even at high volumes it doesn't loose its clarity.
The only original part of the guitar are the tuners, which are to be upgraded soon.
The guitar sounds so good that this has become my primary guitar for our bands music.
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Added: 02/11/09
Steve Hardman
I thought you would like to see three guitars I made for clients recently. The one in plain wood is called 'Delta Lightening' built on the cigar box idea, the other two are cigar boxes, and have gone together really well. the Punch one is called 'The Handsome Stranger' and the Ramon Allones box is called 'The Redhead'. All were received well by the clients and I've even been accused of being a craftsman by one of them.All are set up to be played both finger style or slide,and carry your 'Hi Wires' strings,volume controls and jack sockets. I will be bringing in boxes from the USA to offer something different in the future because I'm retiring in February and looking to earn a little income. So there you are it's DELTA BLUES SLIDE GUITARS next year.
Added: 05/12/09
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Rob Ridsdale
Thought I'd e-mail my thanks for your invaluable advice and 1st class service. I've finally finished my first guitar and attached photographs for your gallery.

Technical info:
All fittings from Axetec(Hot Slag humbuckers), American black walnut body, ebony finger board on maple neck.
We can't believe the sound we're getting from these pick-ups when compared to my son's Fender Squier Strat and the sustain is incredible.
Thanks again
Rob Ridsdale
Added: 24/01/10
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Terry Robinson
I have attached some photos of a guitar I built for my guitar tutor. I am a mature student at 55 a little bit of a late starter. I am a much better engineer than a musician lol.
This was the second one I made, when the tutor saw the first he wanted to buy it but I decided to keep it and make this much better one. It uses a Blues Engine pickup, as you can see in the neck position, also your gold bridge, strap buttons, and electrics.
It sounds great and attracts a lot of attention.
Added: 14/08/10
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Mason Crisp
This VS6 was my first guitar, but got neglected when I went through a metal phase. Dad revamped it just for fun, to give it a progressive vibe. It was good stock, but it’s great now: a new character to inspire new writing/playing.
The bridge is an Alchemist 90: my first “P90”. The neck is a black Rolling Mill with nickel pole-pieces and a series/parallel push-pull tone pot. Conventional wisdom has them the other way round, but if a P90 bridge is good enough for Messrs Oldfield, Howe and West, it’s good enough for me. Bright bridge, warm neck: very versatile, 3 good positions. (Radically different heights to equalize the volume levels though.)The original knobs are too tapered to pull up: we used large and small just to be different. Great guitar thanks to Axetec? Hell yeah!
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Simon Burrows
The 'Frank'n'Stien" started life as a poor, no, woeful Squier Affinity Strat. I bought it because the neck was straight and I thought I could tart it up and sell it for a profit.
However, I found myself without any music, on a family holiday, and salvation came in the form of a copy of Van Halen's "Best Of Both Worlds" CD. That got me thinking! Pretty soon I had quite a nice little single pick-up "super Strat". I came across your website and ordered a "Hot Slag".What a transformation!
The paint job is a first class custom nitro job), and what a guitar! It's my #1 gigging axe. The action is very low and the tone pure class of '78. Like I said £130. I can't explain it. It just hangs together 'right'.
Added: 12/10/10
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Terry Robinson
A few pics of my latest build to put in the gallery. As you can see I have fitted a pair of Jailhouse rails and your pots,cap and treble compensation circuit. It sounds great, hope you like it.
Added: 12/10/10
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Tom Ashman
Les Paul- I've changed the pickups and some features in my Epi' Les Paul Custom using exclusively Axetec products. It has a Blues Engine neck and Dirty Torque bridge and both are a huge improvement on the fuzzy, noisy epiphone stock p-ups, and help to give a more creamy Gary Moore/Thin lizzy tone. I would strongly recommend Axetec products especially the IronGear pick-up range.

Strat- I bought this bullet strat for next to nothing and decided to do it up.I got a set of Pig Irons and they are absolutely phnomenal for the price. I set them into the red tortoise shell scratchplate and added some cream coloured accesories (tone knobs) etc to give it a 50's rock n roll kind of feel. I plan to put a new maple neck on it as the current fretboard is a bit scratchy.
Added: 11/01/11
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